Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Final Jeff Gordon Chicago Race

On Sunday, I went with my son, Jim, who lives in Chicago, to the final Race for Jeff Gordon at the Chicago Speedway. 

I’ve followed Jeff’s career since his first year in NASCAR. Before that, I had been a fan of Indy racing
Jeff has broken multiple racing records over his career and this season will be his last.
Though I’ve seen him race at Michigan, Daytona, and Chicago, multiple times, he’s never won while I was at those tracks.

During this race in Chicago, he was out front for over thirty laps. But during the final re-start, he spun his tires, fell back, and couldn’t recover.

Even so, it was great to have the opportunity to see him race one more time. After this season, I suspect my interest in NASCAR will greatly diminish since I never picked an alternate driver to follow. That’s kind of the way it is with racing. We each pick a favorite and follow them exclusively during each race.

A few years ago, my middle grade adventure & mystery writing for kids took me to one of my publishers in Charlotte, NC. That's the home of Hendrick Motorsports; the owner if Gordon's team. Following are a few pictures from that visit.

First, my wife and I toured the shop where all the teams' cars are prepared for each race.

Next, we went to the museum where we saw lots of Jeff's cars from previous races, along with others from the team.

Before leaving, we discovered that the receptionist was previously from Rockford, IL, where we live. She was kind enough to give me three race-used lug nuts from one of Jeff's cars. What a treasure!

Friday, September 11, 2015

An Exciting Book to help kids understand 9/11

When The Lights Go Out was written for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 so our kids will never forget its importance. Many middle grade readers are too young to remember anything about 9/11 except for what they see on TV. This exciting, heart-pounding action-adventure story can help.
When the Lights go Out

Peyton Aldrich has just moved to a new army base with his parents and younger sister. He doesn’t understand why his father has been sent to such a rundown place in the middle of nowhere. After all, his father was a colonel, with top security clearance, who completed the elite Ranger school. And his training had been in Army Intelligence. Yet, here they were.
Peyton was never allowed to ask his father anything about what he did in the army. Nor was he allowed to ever get in the way. There were many secrets that his dad couldn’t even tell his own family.
Peyton idolized his father. One day, he hoped to grow up to be just like him. His father had told him that the army may not be for everyone, but after what happened on 9/11, somebody had to help keep the country safe.
Peyton finds two friends. Gill is the son of the base’s motor pool sergeant, and Dave’s father is the base chaplain. Together they decide to train like Rangers, and search for some kind of mission they could do. Little did they know that a mission was about to put the boys right in the crosshairs of a dangerous terrorist plot, when a secret weapon would be delivered to the base on its way across the country.
There was no way Peyton could tell his father what he knew. After all, it could cost him his job. Peyton, Gill, and Dave have to take matters into their own hands, and they do.
Will the terrorists find out who is trying to expose their evil plan? Will the boys be able to stop them? And what will happen to Peyton’s father when the general finds out what the boys did?
When the Lights go Out. A story for kids, and their parents, so we never forget 9/11.
 Get a copy for your young reader today!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Focus On The Family reviews When The Lights Go Out

Recently I learned that Focus On The Family did an in-depth review of one of my books: When The Lights Go Out

With another anniversary of 9/11 upon us soon, I thought you might be interested in this middle grade book.


Thanks for taking a look!

Book Video Trailer

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sunken 1715 Spanish treasure ship yields more gold coins

Captain Jack's Treasure is set on the Treasure Coast of Florida for good reason! 
Gold coins are still being found. Here's an article today, August 21, about a find worth millions in gold coins just discovered.


After you read the article, get your hands on a copy of Captain Jack's Treasure for your middle grade reader. You'll be glad you did and so will they.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

REVIEWS for Captain Jack's Treasure

Here's what people are saying about Captain Jack's Treasure; book #2 in The Sam Cooper Adventure Series.

1. This book touches on trust, truthfulness, respect and important life issues such as what we will value in life and the importance of family.
This book is written for ages 8 and up. and the author has a great gift, to offer stories that appeal to those who love adventure, and to adults who will love the way the story leads youngsters to think how this may relate to their lives, and in a way they will enjoy reading it.
I highly recommend this book ! I am looking forward to reading more from this author.

2. This is the second book in the series, and it continues to follow the adventures (or misadventures) of Sam, Tony, and Tyler.
This time, they meet an old sea captain by the name of Captain Jack. He has a whole bunch of interesting stories that keep the boys, and the reader, wanting more. But he also has a secret that the boys – especially Sam – want to know.
What is his secret? You’ll have to read it to find out!
The author once again keeps things exciting, while giving lessons on love, trust, obedience, and realizing what’s really important in life. This is a great book for both the young and the young-at-heart! Enjoy!

3. Sam and his buddies are at it again – discovering new adventures and exploring where they live. Sam has a thirst for treasure and meets Captain Jack. As the boys have new adventures while helping out Captain Jack they learn some new lessons. A gift from Sam’s dad helps them go searching. Another well written, suspenseful and lesson learning story. Where is our treasure stored? Are we too busy with earthly things? Wonderful lessons learned by the boys and timely reminders for those of us reading. The author knows how to speak to teens and meet them where they are in their lives. Great suspense to keep it a page turner – I can highly recommend this to any teen or adults wanting a good mystery or adventure story with wonderful morals.

4. I really enjoyed this book. It is geared toward 8-12 year olds. I love all things about pirates and metal detecting so this book for right in with my interest. 

5. I didn't even know, until after I read it, that it was the second book in a series. It was so good, that now I'm going to have to read the others.
This book was good to read as an adult, but I can't wait for my son to read it also. It is written well enough that I didn't get bored, and my 9 year old will be able to not only read every word, but will be able to understand it.
Sam, Tony, and Tyler learn a great lesson about money and greed. They also learn about what is really important in life, Family.
Kids will be able to read this book and not know they are learning really good lessons. This book gets 5 starts from me!!

6. This book has a great story that will really appeal to boys as well as adventuresome girls. It has a very good plot. The characters are believable and entertaining. Mixed in with the fun and action is a wonderfully developed and clearly spelled out lesson that is important for everyone to learn.

7. I found this book refreshing and I am sure young boys and even girls will find this book exciting.

8. These books by Anderson are a treasure to have. The format is clear and easy to read. Each chapter has a great ending to pull you into the next chapter and before the youth knows it they have read a book! 

9. The story is geared toward boys age 8 and up but I feel girls would also enjoy the story.

10. This story is wonderful and the excitement is good enough for any young boy, maybe 4th grade through middle school even.
You don't have to read the stories in sequence but I would recommend it. This story refers to the boys harrowing adventure in the first book that I'm going to have to read now! And I'm sure Book 3 will be just as good.
What I, as a parent and grandparent, like best about this book is how the author wove all the important things young boys should learn while growing up into their everyday lives. He built the base of a faith filled life without pushing it on you. It is a very easy book to read, flows very nicely.
I would recommend this book and this author to every grandparent, parent or child to read or give as a gift.

11. This is a book that both boys and girls, and parents will enjoy. I love the gentle message of laying up treasures in Heaven. All of Max's books have a Christian theme to them. The reason I really like them is that I can put them on my shelves at school. I put them there not only for the Christian students, but also for ALL students. They are clean cut with great messages. They have adventures and mysteries to carry the reader from the first sentence to the end of the book. I would say it is a must read.

12. Suspense and surprises abound, along with lots of Captain Jack sea-tales.

13. CAPTAIN JACK'S TREASURE is book two in the Sam Cooper Adventure series by Max Elliot Anderson. Mr. Anderson is an adventure writer for boys--especially boys that are reluctant readers. I can vouch that his books make reluctant readers sit up and take notice--and that they will read these books from cover to cover. I had two reluctant readers when they were young, and now both of these boys are in college and they both still enjoy Mr. Anderson's books. My oldest son tells me, "They're exciting, Mom." And my youngest son says, "These are books that once you start them you can't put them down, you have to keep reading."
CAPTAIN JACK'S TREASURE is a book that will appeal to juvenile boys and older. Girls will like these books too. If you have a reluctant reader, be sure to pick up any of Max Elliot Anderson's books. You'll be glad you did. Instructions are included tying sailors' knots.

14. Beyond the fun, this book is a safe bet for kids to read. Nothing offensive popped out at me, which is something I can't say for other modern reading choices for kids.

15. This is a book of love, redemption, honesty, and most importantly, hope. The overlying theme is to not store treasures here on earth, but rather store your treasures in heaven. While this book isn't overly religious, it does speak of focusing on heaven and the eternal life rather than this temporary earthly life.
I recommend this book to kids, especially those who like a good adventure!

16. My boys absolutely LOVE pirates...treasures and adventure!
While my boys are a bit young for this story, at the same time this was a delightful, clean and adventure filled story that was packed enough to hold their attention for a chapter a day, reading time. As a parent that is always looking for quality literature that my boys can grow with (and doesn't include vampires and magic and demons, yuck!) this was a refreshing read indeed. One I am sure we will revisit too as they get older.

17. It's so nice to see someone writing exciting fiction for young boys between the ages of 9 and 12. As the mom of two former reluctant readers, I wish this book, and it's counterparts, had been around when my boys were that age. Filled with wonderful characters, young and old alike, Captain Jack's Treasure is sure to keep even the most hesitant reader glued to the pages of this book.
What little boy doesn't want to be a pirate or a sea captain at some point in their young life? I really liked how the three friends worked together with Captain Jack, their comradarie, and the amount of respect they showed to him and each other. Not only is this a captivating tale but it has spiritual concepts in at as well!
Nicely laid out in short chapters so they aren't overwhelmed, and not too many pages, it keeps a good pace going. They're sure to be enticed to read it just from the cool cover! I recommend this to any parent who has a child struggling with interest in books. Try this one. They just might become hooked on reading for life!

18. There isn't a lot of good, modern (lots of classics though) books for boys to enjoy that aren't riddled with witches, magic and other sinful behavior, so to read this was a breath of fresh air. There was no violence - although an old sailor did tell a pirate ghost story - but even that was VERY brief and I know my oldest would write it off as fanciful and not to be believed. I'm looking forward to maybe reading this with my son but may need to wait a few more months.

19. One can tell that Max Elliot Anderson knows the hearts and minds of young boys. The characters, Sam, Tony and Tyler, were typical all-American, adventure-seeking, conclusion-leaping boys full of curiosity and impatience, yet each has his own distinct personality. I highly recommend this book to all adventure-loving (especially pirate-adventure loving) 8 to 11 year old boys or girls.

Coming Soon!
Book 3 - River Rampage
Book 4 - This Property Is Condemned
Book 5 - At The Buzzer
Book 6 - Ghosts In The Old Attic 

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